Spectral study on the inclusion complex of cryptophane-E and CHCl3

Caihong Zhang, Weili Shen, Ruying Fan, Guomei Zhang, Shaomin Shuang, Chuan Dong*, Martin M F CHOI

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Cryptophane-E was synthesized from vanillin by a three-step method, and its absorption and fluorescence spectroscopic properties were determined. Two absorption bands at about 245-260 and 280-290 nm were observed for cryptophane-E and the fluorescence emission maxima were at 320-330 nm depending on the solvent used. The interaction of cryptophane-E with CHCl3 was studied in detail by absorption and fluorescence spectroscopies. The results showed that cryptophane-E and CHCl3 can easily form a stable 1:1 host-guest inclusion complex. Their binding constant (K) was determined by Benesi-Hildebrand equation and the nonlinear least squares fit method. The binding constant is largest in ethyl acetate, followed by dioxane and with acetonitrile as the smallest. In addition, the effect of guest volume on the host-guest inclusion complex was investigated. Guest molecules including CH2Cl2 and CCl4 were unable to form inclusion complex with cryptophane-E because of sizes mismatching with the host cavity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-161
Number of pages5
JournalSpectrochimica Acta - Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Instrumentation
  • Spectroscopy

User-Defined Keywords

  • Absorption
  • CHCl
  • Cryptophane-E
  • Fluorescence
  • Inclusion complex


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